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Project by pottz posted 12-31-2018 03:00 AM 967 views 1 time favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

with all the “pen” activity here on LJ’S recently i thought id post one of my fav’s,a rattlesnake cigar pen that i made a few years back. the pen blank i bought due to my lack of readily available rattle snake skins,which must be dried, stretched then cut and glued to the pen tube,then encased in a mold of clear resin,which then i turn to my desired shape and my finished pen.so for about 15 bucks i wasn’t gonna attempt it!.i think they go for about 20 now,well worth it since most pen guys chargh around 120-150 for a snake pen.my days of making pens to get rich are well over,good luck to those that try-lol.
sorry the pics arn’t better,im a woodworker not a photog.
ps-the pen finish is gun metal and the acrylic was just run through micro mesh and polished.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.





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Andre

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#1 posted 12-31-2018 03:08 AM

Different, the nib looks different but actually pretty neat looking Pen? Just turned a slim line pen and pencil set out of Walnut today, my 1st commission? Not sure what I should charge.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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pottz

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#2 posted 12-31-2018 03:23 AM

thanks for the comment andre,ive seen your interest in pens these pics don’t show well,it looks more on the brownish tones when its actually more greenish.as far as price it will depend on your client or customer base.a nice pen depending on the kit and cost of materials should sell for around 60 bucks,but there are many variables,so I really cant say what yours is worth.ive always just tried to break even and cover my costs.ask lbd or the duck as we call him,i think he was more into a profit mode than I was.but hey as long as you have fun and it pays for itself your doin good my friend.sort of like going to vegas-LOL!.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 12-31-2018 04:07 AM

Venomous looking pen pottz. Looks like a lot of work and effort went into it. Nice job. My only pen is a bic.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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pottz

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#4 posted 12-31-2018 04:12 AM

thanks dave,yeh a little bit but guys just love the snake skin.unfortunetly they don’t want to pay for it-LOL!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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robscastle

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#5 posted 12-31-2018 05:29 AM

As they say the pen is mightier than the sword,
especially if the pen is a rattle snake variety.

Now as for the LBD I think he has made the following pens:- Eastern brown snake. (Pseudonaja textilis) ... Western brown snake. (Pseudonaja mengdeni) ... Mainland tiger snake. (Notechis scutatus) ... Inland taipan. (Oxyuranus microlepidotus) ... Coastal taipan. (Oxyuranus scutellatus) ... Mulga snake. (Pseudechis australis) ... Lowlands copperhead. (Austrelaps superbus) ... Small-eyed snake AKA known as a trouser snake.

Me personally I have a variety of BIC pens and if I was actually skilled enough to do pens I would be working on a Cane Toad pen.

Now in closing, From a person who has never made a pen my impressions of your RSP would have to be:- its something to write home about.

John Wayne would be proud of you!

P.S. Happy New Year !!

BTW nice to see the DT3 somebody must really love you afterall

-- Regards Rob

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pottz

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#6 posted 12-31-2018 05:46 AM

hey bud glad to see your up,oh wait that would be me,its 9:39 my time yesterday too you.yeah it was a nervous one to make but came out nice.funny the best price I ever got was 50 bucks,would lose me money today,guess that’s why I stopped making pens to sell-HA HA!. I see the duck is back from entertaining out of town guests.hey I thought lumber jocks took precedence,maybe not rc,i guess we don’t count.hey happy new year buddy,lets do it again next year! and duckie we luv ya.
ps-duckie I didn’t get the holiday invite,im sure you sent it-right? rc did you get yours.i was willing to fly 12 hrs and attend,and I was bringing vino,PENFOLDS GRANGE!!! sorry I missed you buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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robscastle

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#7 posted 12-31-2018 06:03 AM

Larry

I haven heard fro LBD for a while I thought he may have flown North for the winter or some such rot.

Anyway woodworking in regard to making money, I liken it to a bit like gold panning lots of dirt and little gold.

Whats with the sleeping in untill 0930 are you planning on some very active HNY activities?

-- Regards Rob

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 12-31-2018 06:57 AM

Larry, it’s a lovely pen, I’m sure.
Your photos would be fine, if only you’d back off a little and let the thing focus.

I C&Pd them to my GIMP photo editor and sharpened them up a little.

-- Mark

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pottz

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#9 posted 12-31-2018 07:19 AM

rc he was chatting tonight,oops I mean he said ill see you soon,a couple days ag0……….
mark thanks what would I do without you guys,so im blind and deaf….huh?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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TheWoz

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#10 posted 12-31-2018 01:18 PM

Now that is a great looking pen! I’ve never heard of snake-skin encased in resin, but it is makes an awesome design!
And those are good photos, you are spot on with focus.

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Tooch

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#11 posted 12-31-2018 03:29 PM

Cool looking pen! I’ve never seen a snake skin blank before

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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moke

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#12 posted 12-31-2018 04:02 PM

Mr Pottz….NICE PEN! I make a lot of pens.not to sell, to give to my friends and customers of my business. When I am building a long project, I just need to finish something to keep me going on my big project, so IO started doing pens about 12 years ago…..now I only do acylic, but I really enjoy it. Your pens looks like it has a great fit and finish….well done my friend!

-- Mike

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 12-31-2018 05:05 PM

snake pen
.....
..... so im blind and deaf….huh?
- pottz

Didn’t hear that pottzy and your typing was a bit blury… did you speak with a forked tongue?

Ventured down the same path ‘cept for the snakeskin, all I had to do is wait for the missus to shave her legs. For the circuitboard I did the same as you and bought the blanks as there weren’t many of those crawling around the back yard,

the one in the middle is my 9 year old first cigar (black palm) with well over 30 replacement refils and worn off gold plating.


I C&Pd them to my GIMP photo editor and sharpened them up a little.
- Mark Wilson
MW, you do realise you’ve opened a

pottzy will be sending you pictures for a “touch up”... and the pictures as well!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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GR8HUNTER

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#14 posted 12-31-2018 10:06 PM

I hate snakes but do love this pen really nice looking GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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pottz

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#15 posted 12-31-2018 11:22 PM

hey thanks for all the feed back guys really appreciate it.duckie those snake pens are killer,especially the one on the left.now don’t don’t go scarring mark,ill only send him the most important ones-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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